BC Highway 20 - Williams Lake to Bella Coola - Road Conditions

Events for Highway 20

Highway 20 Both directions Hwy 20 is closed due to a washout 25 km west of Williams Lake. Embankment construction is ongoing. Crews work 24 hours/day. Detour via Soda Creek Road, Buckskin Road, West Fraser (South) Road, Chilcotin Meldrum Road to Hwy 20 is available. Alt route is well signed with single lane sections and traffic control. Expect delays. Estimated Time of Opening Friday, June 30th at 16:00 Confidence level high. Next update Thursday June 29, at 12:00 p.m. Updated on Thu Jun 29 at 6:29 am PDT. (ID# 249555)
Highway 20 Both directions Hot In Place Recycled Paving 5 km east of Riske Creek to 2 km west of Junction of Highway 97, at Williams Lake (40.3 km), starting Tue Jul 4 at 7:00 am through Sat Aug 26 at 7:00 pm. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Expect minor delays. Updated on Wed Jun 28 at 8:43 am PDT. (ID# -64902)

Highway 20 Weather Locations

Williams Lake   Lillooet    Anahim Lake    Bella Coola

General Route Information

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Highway 20 begins in Williams Lake at its juncture with Highway 97. It rises gradually for 23 km (14 mi) to the crossing of the Fraser River at Sheep Creek Bridge, from which it ascends via a series of steep switchbacks to the Chilcotin Plateau. Prior to improvements of the late 20th Century, including the Sheep Creek Bridge, it crossed the Fraser via a 1910s style suspension bridge, which was like those farther south at Gang Ranch-Dog Creek and Lillooet.

After Lillooet it passes through Riske Creek then at 94 km (58 mi) the hamlet of Hanceville . Near Riske Creek 104km (64 mi) it passes Anahim Reserve, a Chilcotin community before reaching Alexis Creek  at 114km (71 mi). From Alexis Creek it is 122 km (76 mi) to the next town, Tatla Lake.

Next locations are Kleena Kleene and Nimpo Lake farther West is Nimpo Lake which serves as a float plane base for the region. Just west of Nimpo Lake the highway crosses the Dean River before reaching Anahim Lake and the adjacent Indian reserve at 310 km (193 mi). Past Anahim Lake the road ascends and descends through Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park via Heckman Pass to Hagensborg and finally Bella Coola . The entire route is scenic and very sparsely populated.

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